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Olympia

School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100

News

Here at the OSD it is our goal to provide as many resources as possible to keep you informed about what is going on in our district. This page provides a detailed list of those resources that will keep you updated on all the news and events going on in our district!

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    Spotlight on Success - January 11, 2017

    In this edition of 'Spotlight on Success'; Garfield alumna creates intricate hand-lettered mural, Avanti teacher receives The Evergreen State College 2016 Teacher Excellence Award, High school graduation rates top 90 percent, Classroom mini-building construction gets underway...and much more!

    Published: 2017-01-12

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    January is School Board Recognition Month

    Every January school districts across the state and nation honor their board of directors during School Board Recognition Month.

    The Olympia School District will recognize its school board with a special program near the start of the meeting on Monday, January 23. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia.

    During the program, Superintendent Dick Cvitanich will read a proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee designating January as School Board Recognition Month in Washington state. This marks the 22nd year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995.

    The proclamation reads in part that school directors “play a crucial role in promoting student learning and achievement by creating a vision, establishing policies and budgets, and setting clear standards of accountability for all involved.” It also states that school directors “are directly accountable to the citizens in their districts and regions, serving as a vital link between members of the community and their schools.”

    Read Gov. Inslee’s full proclamation    

    Published: 2016-12-31

    Search begins for new district superintendent

    Superintendent Dick Cvitanich, who has served the Olympia School District for the past five years, will retire effective June 30, 2017.

    This week, the Olympia School Board unanimously agreed to select Northwest Leadership Associates to lead the superintendent search process. The board held a special meeting on January 10 to hear presentations by two search firms before making its decision.

    Read more about superintendent search

    Published: 2017-01-11

    Sexting and cyberbullying presentation set February 1

    Capital High School Resource Officer Kim Seig, an officer with the Olympia Police Department, will educate parents about sexting and cyberbullying, and how police respond to such reports, during a presentation on Wednesday, February 1.

    Seig will begin her presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center board room, 1113 Legion Way S.E. in Olympia.

    The free presentation is geared for parents of middle and high school students; however, all community members are welcome to attend.

    Published: 2017-01-11

    McLane classroom mini-building presentation January 19

    The community is invited to learn about the school district’s plans to build a 10 classroom two-story “mini-building” at McLane Elementary School.

    Representatives from the Olympia School District Capital Planning and Construction department, as well as members of MSGS Architects (selected to design the projects), will be available during the meeting to discuss the proposed design and answer questions. Learn more about the building designed for McLane Elementary on Thursday, January 19. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at McLane Elementary School, 200 Delphi Road S.W., Olympia.

    Community meetings have already been held at the other four schools that will have mini-buildings constructed this year: Pioneer, Roosevelt, Hansen and Centennial elementary schools. The classroom mini-buildings are part of the 2016 voter-approved school bond.

    Published: 2017-01-11

    District Technology Fair is Saturday, February 11

    Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual OSD Technology Fair on Saturday, February 11 at Capital High School.

    The free event, which is open to all students, families and the community, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school Commons, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia. School booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will showcase a variety of ways that students and teachers use digital tools to support the learning process.

    Read more about the Technology Fair 

    Published: 2017-01-11

    Learn All About Kindergarten event set February 11

    The Olympia School District will hold its annual “Learn All About Kindergarten” informational event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 11 at Capital High School.

    If you know of neighbors or friends who have a child entering kindergarten in the Olympia School District in fall 2017, please share this information with them and encourage them to attend this free event. Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia.

    The event begins at 10 a.m. in the high school theater with a welcome by Superintendent Dick Cvitanich. Families will then have until 11:30 a.m. to visit school booths set up in the gym and learn about a variety of topics related to kindergarten and school in general.

    Read more about Learn All About Kindergarten day

    Published: 2017-01-11

    High school graduation rates top 90 percent

    For the second straight year, the Olympia School District has record high on-time graduation rates.

    An impressive 91 percent of Capital High School’s Class of 2016 graduated “on time,” or within four years of the first time they started ninth grade. Olympia High is also proud of its latest results, with 91.6 percent of students finishing on time, according to initial graduation rate data compiled by the school district.

    Graduation results are also noteworthy at Avanti High School, which was named a School of Distinction this fall for being among the top 5 percent of improving schools statewide. The award recognizes the school’s rising 4- and 5-year graduation rates.

    Read more about the high school graduation rates

    Published: 2017-01-11

    District winter weather procedures

    The Olympia School District wants to ensure every child and staff member arrives at school safely. Winter weather conditions may require the closure, late start or early dismissal of students. Occasionally, weather conditions may also make it necessary to modify bus routes to “emergency routes.”

    Please refer to our 2016-17 Snow Bulletin, for important information about our district’s plan during severe weather conditions.

    Published: 2016-12-09

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    Free parenting classes

    The Olympia School District is offering FREE parent education classes with Candyce Lund-Bollinger during the 2016-17 school year. Candyce will present on a variety of topics focused on specific age groups from kindergarten through grade 12.  

    Published: 2016-12-05

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    Ways of keeping up with us

    Facebook

    Your landing spot for more in-depth content and stories about what is taking place throughout our district. Here you will find emergency district communications, photos/albums, videos, district event postings, shared stories from the Olympian and ThurstonTalk, Student Spotlights, Featured Faculty and stories highlighting programs and accomplishments of students district wide. Please take a second to browse our Facebook page, and if you like what you see you can 'like us' to receive automatic updates.

    Twitter

    We tweet emergency district communications, photos from schools, reminders of upcoming district events, hashtags and regularly retweet pertinent content from throughout our community. Take a look at our Twitter page and if you like what you see you can 'follow us' to receive all of our tweets.

    Instagram

    Our Instagram account features photos and short video clips from schools, classrooms and events throughout our district with brief descriptions of the content. Visit our Instagram and if you like what you see you can 'follow us' to receive all of our posts.

    YouTube Channel

    Keep tabs on our YouTube Channel as we share video of students and schools from throughout our District. If you like what you see you can 'subscribe' to our channel to be alerted to all new videos we publish!

    Spotlight on Success

    Throughout the school year Superintendent Dick Cvitanich and our Communications team put together a Spotlight on Success newsletter with stories and photos of news items that recently took place throughout our district. This is a great way to get a peek into all the great events and activities going on in the schools. Take a peek at our most recent edition!

    Friends of the OSD

    Every few weeks we send Friends of the OSD our Spotlight on Success Newsletter. Friends of the OSD also receive emergency and school closure notices and updates on important district initiatives.

    To be added to the Friends of the OSD email list contact communications@osd.wednet.edu. We will get you added to our mailing list!

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    Communications & Community Relations
    1113 Legion Way SE
    Olympia, WA 98501

    Voice: (360) 596-6103 / Fax: (360) 596-6101

    Susan Gifford, Director of Communications & Community Relations: 596-6104
    Conor Schober
    , Community Relations Coordinator: 596-6106
    Kim Doherty
    , Communications Assistant: 596-6108
    Diana Crawford
    , Public Disclosure Officer: 596-6112